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Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  301 ratings  ·  61 reviews
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August 2014 marks 50 years since Bob Dylan released his fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Recorded in one night, in the middle of a turbulent year in his life, the music marked a departure from Dylan's socially-conscious folk songs and began his evolution toward other directions.
During the years they spent together, few people outside
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Paul Secor
Aug 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
A friend gave me an advance reading copy of Another Side and I decided to set aside the books I was reading to delve into it. BIG mistake. This book consists of the tape recorded ramblings of Bob Dylan's tour manager for a number of years. (He may have been Dylan's tour manager but, to me, he comes off more as a stoned go-fer and hanger-on.)

Maymudes' memoir is filled with gems like: "All the heavy hitters seemed to be in the Village now: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Jackson Pol
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it

This book is a memoir of Victor Maymudes (with commentary by his son) complied from tapes he made before his untimely death. I have to admit having Bob Dylan in the title pulled me in, but the book is more than that.

Son Jacob begins with portraits of his mother and paternal grandparents. You may wonder where this is going. You see later that they are critical. To understand Victor (whom the book is actually about) you need to understand his roots and his milieu.

If the tapes are an actual transc
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Apparently the "[..]other Side of Bob Dylan" was named Victor. I learned more about Dylan's tour bus by reading this book than I learned about Dylan. ...more
Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Once you've read one book about Bob Dylan, you've read them all. ...more
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography, music
Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks voice recorded by Victor Maymudes and edited and written by Jacob Maymudes.

Victor Maymudes was Bob Dylan’s tour manager for many years and according to Victor a close friend. Jacob is Victor’s son and discovered the audio tapes that this book is based on after a fire destroyed Linda's, Victor’s mother, home. The house contained many of Victor’s relics from his life on the road. The tapes, however, were in the possessio
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Got this as a gift from a well-meaning friend, so I gave this book a chance. Mistake. First, this book is badly written, both the transcribed remarks of Victor M. and the bridges by his son. Awkward, repetitive. And the story he tells is without interest. Maymudes was a roadie for Dylan at various points in Dylan's career. Victor M wandered through the experience but comes up with very few unique insights. His reflections on touring are bland and undistinguished. He drops a lot of names of peopl ...more
Bill Keithler
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
After reading many reviews of this book I went into it with my expectations not very high. The book turned out to be a positive surprise. Although Bob Dylan is a significant character he is not really the focus of this book – it is a memoir of Victor Maymudes' very interesting life. The book is far from an 'exploitative, tell-all.' In fact, some readers may be disappointed that it is not all about Bob Dylan.

While he spent considerable time working for Dylan and simply being his friend, Maymudes
Leslie Sully
Aug 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Got an advanced copy. This book was TERRIBLE! As a Dylan fan, I as least expected some interesting inside info. The dad Victor Maymudes was such a hanger-on and his son Jake has followed in his footsteps. Trying to cash in on Dylan. Shameful. I just read that this was an attempted/failed Kickstarter campaign. Should have taken a hint to shelve this book.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read about Victor Maymudes relationship with Bob Dylan. What starts out as a friendship based on intellectual musings, chess, and artistic interests slowly fades for a period of time once Bob makes his meteoric rise to stardom. Bob and Victor remain friends over time and Victor is finally brought back into the brood as an unofficial road manager. All of this history is revealed through Victor's memoirs which are brought to light through Victor's son and co-author Jacob.

Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
Personally I think Victor had delusions of grandeur. He didn’t have much (if any) talent but clung like a limpet to someone who did and made himself useful. What I didn’t like was Victor claiming Bob’s shows as “our shows” and his fans as “our fans”. Dude, you were nothing but a glorified roadie. Barely any mentions of Joan Baez either which took my rating down to a 2.
Harm Van
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's more about Victor Maymudes's son talking about his father than about ob Dylan but since Victor was an interesting man leading an amazing life I had no trouble reading this cover to cover and have enjoyed it very much. ...more
Ciaran McLarnon
Apr 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
A mundane catalogue of events with a lot of name-dropping and too many unimportant details and unnecessary description. Seemed like the author didn't want to reveal too much, so he played it safe and revealed nothing surprising. ...more
Aug 20, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was mildly interesting when I began reading it and many years later I fail to remember much about the book. It may be an interesting read for big Bob Dylan fans like I was at the time, but casual listeners will likely get very little out of the book.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting read. Author based book on his father's memoirs, while adding a few memories of his own. ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very intimate and telling portrayal from another perspective of a mythical man.
Candice Roy
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and explore the relationship Victor and Bob had. Aswell as the ERA and lifestyle they lived in. My imagination was able to visional create the stories in my head. Victors discription of the events really made you feel like you were there.
Greg Baker
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great read. Stories of the road.
Gerald J.
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting look at Bob Dylan
Tom McInnes
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
The title is both misleading and kind of perfect.

Misleading in that Bob’s barely in this, passing in and out of Victor’s life like some kind of bad drunk fairy godmother, granting wishes and moaning about interior design choices. Perfect in that this truly is a side of Bob Dylan we haven’t seen before - not the one that records century-defining music and confounds all easy definitions like ‘artist’, ‘rock star’, ‘icon’, ‘genius’... but the side that buys and sells property in New Mexico, moans
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
If you are a fan of Bob, this is a good read, painting Dylan as an unfathomable mix of mercurially brilliant arrogant pissy rock star and incredibly generous, but at arms-length, friend.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
I don't know how I came across this book. Perhaps I was looking something else up when it popped up somewhere. Perhaps it came up as suggested reading since I recently read Levon Helm's book.

Nonetheless, I was a Dylan collector for many years, from sometime in the mid-1970s (when I placed a classified ad in Rolling Stone looking for rare tapes) until the mid-1980s when a family and career took over most of my time. Also... Dylan began touring incessantly, so, the recordings were way too volumino
Tim Hoiland
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
There are few public figures more enigmatic than Bob Dylan. Go back and watch some of the interviews he’s given over the years if you need to be reminded of just how guarded and evasive he can be. I think especially of his thoroughly uncomfortable 1965 conversation with TIME‘s Horace Judson. More recently, his own autobiography, Chronicles: Volume One, further served to mystify his devoted fans (while likewise delighting many others, of course).

Perhaps this longstanding pattern of evasiveness is
Tom Mangano
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The title is misleading and I found little to like about this audiobook. I gave up on it and returned to to the library early.
Oct 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is a surprisingly touching oral history/memoir from tapes made by Victor Maymudes and transcribed with comments by his son Jacob.

Victor was Dylan's friend, confidant, and road manager for many years until a final altercation involving Victor's daughter's management of Bob's Santa Monica coffee shop blew the friendship all to hell. But before that many adventures ensued, such as turning the Beatles on to pot, flummoxing Israeli security over the length of a concert, road trips into the heart
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Victor Maymudes was the tour manager for Bob Dylan on and off in the 60’s and then again 1986-1996. They became friends in the early 60’s and basically had an on/off friendship and working relationship. St. Martin’s Press signed him up to write his memoir but he died before he could complete it.

He had recorded over 24 hours of tape about his life and relationship with Dylan and his son, Jacob, used them to complete the book for him. He basically transcribed the tapes into print and put in his tw
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book. It was partly a personal look at a period of Bob Dylan's life when Victor served as Dylan's tour manager for two separate periods, transcribed from audiotapes in Maymudes' own voice by his son, Jacob, writing after his father's death, and partly an autobiographical look from Jacob's perpective.

Jacob found these tapes after his father's death, and talks in his own voice about how these tapes helped fill in the blanks of his father's life while he was away on the
Brandon Morse
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, first-reads
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

When I saw this book, I was really excited to jump into this and find out a lot more about Bob Dylan. I have not read any other biography of Bob Dylan, or Chronicles by Bob Dylan. So, with that I really couldn't wait to read this. Right away you find out this is not just about Bob Dylan nor a biography of sorts. It is a memoir of Victor Maymudes life before and during his time with Dylan. Thankfully though, I was not bored or lost interest of this.
Maya Heath
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book gives a painfully detailed account of Victor Maymudes' life of dreams and financial struggles but only casually covers Bob Dylan at first. Mr. Maymudes was a heavy drug user and one-time drug dealer, always seeking out artistic types socially. He seemed to make friends well but never had any real personal success. He was supposedly Bob Dylan's close friend and protector but he protected himself rather than try harder to inform Bob that Albert Grossman had tricked him into a contract tha ...more
Bob Reutenauer
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had heard the author on a couple of pre-release radio bits and eagerly picked it up right away. I am as a big a Dylan fan as anyone ever was, which does not mean I rush out to read each and every bio or lit crit treatment of metaphor or misogyny that come along from the popular and academic presses. So many. One can be discriminating. This one belongs on the small shelf with Sean Wilentz, Greil Marcus, Suze Rotolo, Dylan's Chronicles, and the collections of the interviews. [Ellen Willis essays ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received Another Side of Bob Dylan as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

Another Side is a memoir of Victor Maymudes and, to a lesser extent, his son Jacob, who sifted through hours of his father's taped narratives following the latter's death in 2001. Victor was one of Dylan's early friend and later his tour manager, an association which put in him in contact with some of the greatest creative minds of a generation. Jacob's own thoughts about and memories of his father and Dylan are also interspers
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